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Friday, November 16, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:56 am

By default, the PowerPoint interface Ribbon area is placed against an orange backdrop. This orange color shows up because the default Office Theme named Colorful is applied to the interface. So why is the Theme named Colorful, when it is just a plain orange backdrop? That’s because any Theme you apply to an interface of an Office program influences all other programs.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:08 pm

Do you want to add a degree symbol on your slide? Or do you want to add one of the currency symbols? Or even the trademark or copyright symbols? PowerPoint provides several ways to add such symbols, but the most straightforward option is to use the Symbol dialog box.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 10:37 am

When the PowerPoint program interface is launched, you see the Presentation Gallery. Notice the bright orange section on the left side of the Presentation Gallery. Also, any highlighted areas use orange. You can change the bright orange to something else and end up with a different-looking PowerPoint program interface.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 12:31 pm

PowerPoint and indeed all Microsoft Office programs allow you to work with a particular object only if it is selected. For example, you select a shape to make changes to the shape. You similarly select a chart to edit the chart. And yes, you can select a text container object such as a text placeholder, a text box, or even a shape, and then make changes to its position, formatting, size, etc. However, this changes the entire object, and leaves the actual text content within that object largely unchanged. To make changes to the actual text, you first need to select the text separately and then make changes by using the options available within the Home tab of the Ribbon or the Mini Toolbar.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 1:41 pm

Text is an important element in your PowerPoint slides, and most of the time, text alignment is taken care by the defaults set in your presentation template. You type or paste some text in a placeholder, and the text may align left, right, or even center, based upon the choices made in the template or Theme of the presentation. However, there are times when you want to make alignment choices, not just for text in placeholders, but also for text in text boxes, shapes, charts, tables, and anywhere else.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 10:37 am

The Slide Area is one of three principal regions in PowerPoint, and the other two being the Slides Pane and the Notes Pane. This is the area where you work the most, typically through adding and editing slide objects. The Slide area includes three elements – the actual slide, the slide workspace, and the scrollbars that let you navigate between slides.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 11:51 am

Most of the time, text in PowerPoint is filled with either a black or a white solid fill, or any color that contrasts with the color of the slide background. This color info is contained within the Theme applied to the presentation. There may be times when you want to change this default text fill to some other particular color. Or, perhaps you applied a WordArt Style to your text and you are happy with everything else within that WordArt Style except the text fill. PowerPoint’s Text Fill option provides you with plenty of fill options for your text. Fill options include solid colors, gradients, textures, and also pictures.

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Monday, October 29, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 2:34 pm

The Presentation Gallery provides several ways to start your next presentation using a template, a Theme, a recent presentation, a not-so-recent presentation, or even a blank presentation. Once you make choices in this Presentation Gallery, you see the actual PowerPoint interface.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 4:44 pm

Typically, the last thing I would want to do is create my presentation outline in a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel. In one of my training sessions, I was showing participants how they could create presentation outlines for PowerPoint in Notepad or Microsoft Word, and one of the attendees wanted to know how he could create an outline in Excel! To understand why anyone would want to create an outline in Excel, you probably need to be an Excel junkie. Rather than go and discuss what an Excel junkie means, I’ll show you how an outline can indeed be created in Excel. This technique works on all versions of Excel for Windows and Mac OS X.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 2:15 pm

Fonts are more than just pretty characters, although your choice of fonts can have a profound effect on how readable your text is to the audience. You can format font styles to make your text bold, italicized, underlined, etc. Beyond these basic offerings, PowerPoint 2016’s Font dialog box offers some advanced format options for the selected text. You can still change the font type, set the font size, color, and other font attributes in this dialog box, and you can also do more.

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